In case you missed it, this weekend is the Burning of Kingston and Upstater is pretty excited to revel in the history and patriotism of the 18th century. We introduced you to the event, shared some of the schedule, and, now, is the most important part: what to wear. Okay, okay, it’s optional to dress up but, as Cinderella can attest to, dressing up is part of the fun. Many of us may not frequent reenactments or have any idea what they entail but, in the case of the Burning of Kingston, that’s nothing to fear. Since the event takes place around the city, is free to the public, and goes on all weekend, it maintains a distinctly welcoming, all-inclusive vibe, much like many events in the Hudson Valley. The commemorative event also offers some incentive for those more hesitant to get decked out, with discounts at select local businesses as a perk.
Where to start? The Burning of Kingston’s website provides helpful links to get familiar with colonial attire, such as a somewhat daunting essay on AmericanRevolution.org. At one point, men’s clothing is bemoaned for “the long tight-fitting vests, the heavy and excessively hot wigs, the greatcoats with large turned-back cuffs, ruffles of lace at the wrists and neck, [which] did not provide a dress conducive to comfort and lounging.” Okay, so maybe don’t wear that all weekend. It’s important to remember, of course, that the weekend serves as a way to learn about the time-period, not suffer from heatstroke. Whatever you may decide to don, whether at the Committee of Safety meeting or the Grand Ball, Jas. Townsend and Son can give you a head start on ideas.
The reception for the Burning of Kingston starts this afternoon at 4PM. We hope to see you there, at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and all throughout the weekend. Learn, have fun, and celebrate the history of our wonderful U. S. of A.!